DAILY RECORDS : Emeralds, Ryan Adams, Current 93

by | Jul 29, 2010 | MUSIC

Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here (Editions Mego)
Emeralds play compositions that, rather than being divided into verses and choruses, start from small, quiet ideas and build up from there. The result is somewhere between the post-rock of Tortoise and the bizarre electronica of Aphex Twin. Enchanting, melodious beds of sound that subtly invade your consciousness.

Ryan Adams – Orion (Pax Am)
A limited vinyl-only release that is being billed as Adams’s metal record. That’s kinda true, though a significant portion of it also sounds like mid-80s crossover hardcore (think Corrosion Of Conformity). I hear some Iron Maiden too. This is not a serious album, but it’s great, and great fun.

Current 93 – Baalstorm, Sing Omega (Coptic Cat)
The term “goth” is frequently abused, but long-running English group Current 93 are quite literally gothic–their minimal, acoustic music mixes elements of horror and romance in a style that feels hundreds of years old. This album is a worthy introduction to their unique and terrifying apocalyptic folk.

Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here (Editions Mego)
Emeralds play compositions that, rather than being divided into verses and choruses, start from small, quiet ideas and build up from there. The result is somewhere between the post-rock of Tortoise and the bizarre electronica of Aphex Twin. Enchanting, melodious beds of sound that subtly invade your consciousness.

Ryan Adams – Orion (Pax Am)
A limited vinyl-only release that is being billed as Adams’s metal record. That’s kinda true, though a significant portion of it also sounds like mid-80s crossover hardcore (think Corrosion Of Conformity). I hear some Iron Maiden too. This is not a serious album, but it’s great, and great fun.

Current 93 – Baalstorm, Sing Omega (Coptic Cat)
The term “goth” is frequently abused, but long-running English group Current 93 are quite literally gothic–their minimal, acoustic music mixes elements of horror and romance in a style that feels hundreds of years old. This album is a worthy introduction to their unique and terrifying apocalyptic folk.

R. Anthony Harris

R. Anthony Harris

I created Richmond, Virginia’s culture publication RVA Magazine and brought the first Richmond Mural Project to town. Designed the first brand for the Richmond’s First Fridays Artwalk and promoted the citywide “RVA” brand before the city adopted it as the official moniker. I threw a bunch of parties. Printed a lot of magazines. Met so many fantastic people in the process. Professional work: www.majormajor.me




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